Companies That Serve DHS Must Be Models for Cybersecurity

Tools in the Toolbox: Three Tools Consultants Should Know

As the number of large-scale cyberattacks increases each year, preventing and responding to such attacks is becoming increasingly difficult. Hackers constantly develop new techniques to attack secure networks. Major network breaches to the Office of Personnel Management, Sony, Target, and other organizations highlight the need for an increased emphasis on corporate cybersecurity.

Individual employees who have poor cybersecurity etiquette are most vulnerable to security breaches. This is typically due to insufficient training, which is exacerbated by a lack of universal standards for corporate cybersecurity. Arc Aspicio and other companies that serve the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must be models for improving cybersecurity in the private sector by producing universally applicable corporate security plans to identify and mitigate threats before they occur. These companies also must provide regular employee training to teach employees how to prevent and respond to threats.

Arc Aspicio implemented a company cybersecurity plan in January 2015, which is derived from best practices defined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Framework. The plan outlines the formal roles and responsibilities of company personnel to safeguard both company and Government information and technology. For example, sensitive data are compartmentalized in secure company databases, and employees only have access to areas that are necessary to fulfill their duties.

Arc Aspicio’s annual employee security training teaches personnel how to prevent and mitigate potential threats, whether they come from hackers, foreign intelligence agents, or disgruntled insiders. Employees learn to recognize threat indicators and attempts to elicit sensitive information. Security training also teaches employees best practices for computer security, how to manage one’s online presence, and how and when to report threats.

As cyberattacks become more prevalent each year, companies that serve DHS must implement strong cybersecurity protocols. Developing standardized cybersecurity plans and training employees on cybersecurity policies and procedures are some of the most effective ways to prevent and respond to security breaches.

A Leader’s Most Influential Tool: Gratitude

A Leader’s Most Influential Tool: Gratitude

Gratitude is one of a great leader’s most powerful tools. It creates positive energy among an organization and the sense of appreciation permeates through the work the collective group is performing. Influential leaders listen to the needs of their colleagues and express gratitude. This helps them bring out the potential in the people they lead and inspire them to achieve what is most important to them and to the project.

The Design Era of Project Management

The Design Era of Project Management

Project Management best practices and methods continue to evolve to address the biggest challenges Government agencies face in today’s market. The increased use of Agile and the move from traditional waterfall methodologies is fairly common in Information Technologies. Projects use Agile methods such as Scrum or Kanban, and organizations invest a lot of time and effort to make this cultural shift on projects.

Data: Lost in Translation No More

Data: Lost in Translation No More

The rise of Big Data technologies and data-driven approaches of business functions has created a demand for data architects and scientists that is growing by as much as 12% annually. These highly technical resources and capabilities address part of the challenge, but organizations still struggle with how to effectively use the data they have to make timely and informed decisions to improve business and mission outcomes.

Great Meetings with IT Customers in an Agile World

Great Meetings with IT Customers in an Agile World

Meetings are an essential part of day-to-day work and collaboration in every organization. There are an estimated 37 million meetings every day in the United States, yet up to 67 percent are considered failures. Sources estimate the cost of unproductive meetings in the billions and say meetings may take up 15% of an organization’s collective time.

Not Made for TV: The Critical Behind-the-Scenes Continuity Mission

Not Made for TV: The Critical Behind-the-Scenes Continuity Mission

Back in the public spotlight for the first time since the Cold War thanks to the new ABC drama Designated Survivor, Continuity of Government (COG) is a lesser-known mission in the portfolio of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Federal Emergency Management Agency. As a concept, its origins lie in the dawn of the atomic era, when the new possibility of simultaneous nationwide devastation created the need for contingency plans for the worst cases imaginable.

General Services Administration Awards Arc Aspicio HCaTS Contract

Arlington, VA December 12, 2016 — The General Services Administration (GSA) and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) awarded Arc Aspicio the Human Capital and Training Solution (HCaTS) Small Business contract on December 7, 2016. This Multiple Award, Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) is a government-wide contract that was awarded to vendors in two different pools. Arc Aspicio’s contract is in Pool 2, which supports customized human capital strategy services and organizational performance improvement.